Basketball: Bangkok City sink Slingers to seal spot in ABL Finals
- Updated: October 31, 2014
October 31, 2014: Hi-Tech Bangkok City booked their place in the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League Finals with a 76-73 away win over the JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers on Friday night to secure a 2-0 series victory.
Bangkok City received a huge lift from Patrick Cabahug who finished with 26 points on 10-for-15 shooting at the OCBC Arena. Chris Charles recorded a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Jerick Canada had 14 points and Steven Thomas added 12 points.
“We had a great start, just like on Wednesday night,” Cabahug said after his heroic performance. “We are pleased to go to the Finals and now we will have one week to prepare.”
Hi-Tech will play the winner of the Westports Malaysia Dragons and the Saigon Heat series. The Dragons won the opener in Kuala Lumpur and the teams face off again in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday.
Bangkok also won their first game of the series at home and enjoyed a strong start in Singapore, making nine of their first 11 attempts to build a 20-8 lead.
Everything was falling for Cabahug as he led his team with 12 points on five-for-six shooting to help Hi-Tech grab a 30-16 lead after 10 minutes. As a team, Bangkok City shot 71 per cent from the floor in the opening stanza.
The Slingers picked up their defence and cooled Bangkok’s momentum in the second period. Ng Han Bin drilled a jumper and Wong Wei Long converted his three-point play to spark a 16-5 run. Dior Lowhorn finished off the run with six straight points to cut their deficit to three at 35-32 with 4:27 left before half-time. Despite an 18-point half from Cabahug, the Slingers only trailed Hi-Tech 43-40 at half-time.
Hi-Tech ran away to a 10-point lead at 55-45 in the third quarter and after outscoring the Slingers 15-9 in the period, eventually holding a 58-49 lead heading into the final quarter.
With their season on the line, the home team managed to wipe out their nine-point deficit in the final quarter. Lowhorn and Justin Howard took control of the game, scoring the Slingers’ first 13 points of the period to bring their team to within one point, 62-61, with 6:47 left. Desmond Oh then attacked the rim and finished his layup to tie the game at 67-67 with three minutes left.
However, Cabahug continued to come up big for his team, nailing a clutch turn-around jump shot which gave Hi-Tech a 71-68 cushion with two minutes left. After Canada split his free throws with 10 seconds left, the Slingers had a chance to send the game into overtime, but Lowhorn was not able to save them after his three-pointer hit the front of the rim.
Lowhorn led the Slingers with 21 points, Howard had a big game with 19 points and 20 rebounds, while Al Vergara added 10 points. The ABL Finals begin on Friday, November 7.
2014 ASEAN Basketball League Playoffs, Second Leg (October 31, 2014)
JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers 73-76 Hi-Tech Bangkok City, OCBC Arena, Singapore Sports Hub
Q1 / Q2 / Q3 / Q4
Slingers 16 / 24 / 9 / 24
Hi-Tech 30 / 13 / 15 / 18
JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers: Lowhorn – 21, Howard – 19, Vergara – 10, Wei Long – 8, Han Bin – 8, Liew – 3, Low – 2, Oh – 2.
Hi-Tech Bangkok City: Cabahug – 26, Charles – 18, Canada – 14, Thomas – 12, Dasom – 5, Lertmalaiporn – 1.
Source: ASEAN Basketball League (www.aseanbasketballleague.com); Editing by SportAsia